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The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion. — Psalm 103:8
Mass readings: Sirach 27:30-28:9 / Romans 14:7-9 / Matthew 18:21-35
Today’s first reading begins, “Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.” If ever there was a reason to “hug tight” anger, the terrorist attack 10 years ago would be it. Why forgive those who shattered our nation and robbed us of some of our ability to move about freely? They don’t deserve it.
True. So there must be better reasons for forgiving terrorists — plus anyone else who has wounded us. Sirach gives one: “Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.” Here’s another reason: Non-forgiveness locks us into a victim role where our only power is a false power of hatred. Instead of that, Jesus offers us freedom that comes from forgiveness. But this requires grace. What a day to pray for that grace.
Prayer: Lord, help our nation today. And help me forgive the following people: _______.
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